Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Peter Block's Questions

A great vestry and church committee resource presented by Bishop Andy Doyle, November 12, 2015 at St. John's Columbia

Peter Block's Questions with Little Power

How do we get people to show up and be committed?
How do we get others to be more responsible?
How do we get people to come on board and do the right thing?
How do we hold those people accountable?
How do we get others to buy into our revision?
How do we get those people to change?
How much will it cost and how would we get the money?
How do we negotiate for something better?
What new policy or legislation will move our interests forward?
Where is it working?
Who has solved this elsewhere and how do we import that knowledge?
How do we find and develop better leaders?
Why aren't those people in the room for conversation?

Peter Block's Questions with GREAT Power

What is the commitment you hold that you brought into this room?
What is the price you or others pay for being here today?
How valuable do you plan for this effort to be?
What is the crossroads you face at this stage in the game?
What is the story you keep telling about the problems in your community?
What are the gifts you hold that have not been brought fully into the world?
What is your contibution to the very thing that you complain about?
What is it about you or your team, group or neighborhood that no one knows?

Lay Ministry Licensure

Rectors and Priests-in-Charge provide training for Eucharistic Ministers. After completing this training, priests complete the icon Lay Licensure Application and return it to Kellie Wilson, EDUSC, 1115 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Training for Worship Leaders and Eucharistic Visitors are offered through Diocesan trainers. To obtain a list of trainers and to schedule a training session, contact Kellie Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 803-771-7800 ext. 104 and see the step by step planning guide below.
Please note that all Eucharistic Visitors must be Safe Church trained every three years in order to receive a license.

To be trained as a Pastoral Care giver, please participate in Community of Hope.
To seek a licensure for the other canonical ministries (Preacher, Catechist, and Evangelist), please contact Kellie Wilson by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 803-771-7800 ext. 104.

Licenses must be renewed every 5 years except for Eucharistic Visitors which need to be renewed every 3 years.

To schedule a training session for Lay Ministers:

  • Clergy who have lay ministers that need training and who wish to sponsor a training session should contact Canon Kellie Wilson's office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on scheduling a training session.
  • The sponsoring clergy should then email the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ensure that the information is in e~dusc news and on the Diocesan calendar.
  • The sponsoring congregation will be responsible for copying the training materials, arranging for any refreshments, and paying the trainers' fees (currently $200 per class).
  • The sponsoring congregation can determine how much to charge for the class (normal fee is $10-$15 per class).
  • Candidates for licenses from any congregation can attend any training session at their convenience. Individuals seeking licenses do need to function in their congregation under the supervision of a rector or priest-in-charge.

Please be aware that Safe Church certification is required of all persons dealing with children or adults, including Eucharistic Visitors. 

Please see the icon Lay Licensure Application 

US Congregational Life Survey

TO:        Rectors, Vicars and Wardens in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina
FROM:    Your Commission for Congregations
SUBJECT:    US Congregational Life Surveys

Many of you will recall that we briefly discussed the results and benefits of this tool for self-examination at the EDUSC Clergy Work Day earlier this month (May 7, 2015). By now, all Clergy also should have received an email with the “weighted average” strength data from these surveys, for the Diocese as a whole.  We hope that this information will provide at least one benchmark against which you can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your congregation.

An even better way to evaluate the progress of your congregation is to repeat the US Congregational Life survey.  Taking the survey every 3 or 4 years is recommended so that you can compare your congregation’s improvement in the relevant measures of congregational strength as well as opinions on other questions.  Understanding this kind of information will be especially useful for determine “what's working” and for refining your strategic planning for the future of your congregation.

We also recommend that congregations which have undergone substantial change over the past two years – either due to a recent change in leadership (particularly a change in the Rector/Vicar), or because sources of conflict or potential conflict have been dealt with – retake the survey.

As before, the Diocese will pay the basic cost of performing the US Congregational Life Survey.  The only cost to your congregation will be $1.00 for each survey form ordered. You may order the survey forms and instructions by contacting The Rev. Canon d’Rue Hazel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Be careful to order a reasonable amount of survey forms… they charge per survey form ordered, not completed.

If you have any questions about the US Congregational Life Survey, or need help interpreting your results, please feel free to contact Jim Wiley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (803) 420 2455.

Safe Church Training

As Christians, we live in a covenant relationship with God and with one another.  Through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, we enter into a sacred covenant in which we pledge to live lives that “seek and serve Christ in all persons,” and to “respect the dignity of every human being.”  Because incidents of violence, hatred, and sexual misconduct occur in our world, the Church must maintain ethical and moral standards that clearly communicate what is, and what is not, acceptable behavior on the part of those called to Church leadership.  Pastoral leadership in the Christian Church is a calling that demands the highest standards of moral integrity and personal responsibility.  Leadership is a gift of the Spirit that can be effectively exercised only in an environment of trust.  Where there is no trust, there can be no community.  Since trust is so fundamental to the well-being of the Christian community, Christian people have the right to expect that their leaders, both lay and ordained, understand and are committed to standards of behavior that are trustworthy. 

SAFE Church training will help you to develop appropriate teaching, caring and mentoring relationships which are based in trust and the promises that we make in the Baptismal Covenant. This training will prepare you so that you can create relationships  and environments where you can Make, Equip, and Send Mature Disciples.

Upcoming Safe Church Trainings: 

Safe Church Training events can be found on our calendar, as they are scheduled. 

St. James will host a Safe Church Training event, taught by Fr. Robert Chiles
Sunday, October 2, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the St. James Parish Life Center
Registration fee is $15.
Register online here
St. James Episcopal Church
301 Piney Mountain Road ~ Greenville, SC 29609-3035
864.244.6358 (ph), 864.244.6359 (fax)


Who is required to take Safe Church training?

Scheduling a training:

  • Call The Rev. Canon Kellie Wilson at 803-771-7800 x 104 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Currently, SAFE church training needs to be renewed every 5 years. (3 years if you are an Eucharistic visitor.) If you've already had a face-to-face training, you can contact the Diocesan House for information on how to renew online. 803-771-7800 x 104 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Update Contact Forms

Each year, we ask that congregations update various contact information so that we can maintain an accurate database. We also use these contact groups to send out important emails relevant to respective areas. If you have any problems with these forms, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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  • Bill Hunter of the Advent Shoppe
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  • Canterbury Booth
  • Sewanee Booth
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